Jun 01, 2021

Director, Stakeholder Engagement

$100,000 - $130,000 yearly
  • CityBridge Education
  • 600 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA
Full-Time Civic Engagement Programs Other

Job Description


CityBridge Education’s vision is for the nation’s capital to be the first city-level proof point for an excellent, equitable education system. A Washington, DC-based nonprofit, we incubate the people, ideas, and conversations needed for equity-centered innovation in DC’s public schools. We do this by identifying talented leaders and school designers who can solve the educational needs and challenges of DC families, deploying particular effort to recruiting leaders of color. We then incubate and invest in the best of their ideas and, together, bring to market the next generation of transformational public schools and education ventures. 


The Director, Stakeholder Engagement is part of the cross-functional Network Engagement team, which focuses on meaningfully and strategically engaging, growing, and cultivating relationships with our full external network, as well as development and communications efforts at CityBridge. We are currently looking for a leader who can execute a new stakeholder engagement strategy aimed at supporting the projects and entrepreneurs incubated by CityBridge and also engaging our network in ways that ultimately provide feedback on and inform our work. Specifically, the Director will be responsible for designing and executing convenings that spotlight issues relevant to the work of the entrepreneurs and projects in our portfolio, as well as educational equity, broadly. The Director will also develop and execute strategies to cultivate authentic stakeholder relationships and build systems for external feedback loops, such that CityBridge effectively seeks and internalizes input from our network.

This is a DC-based position and will require living in the Metropolitan DC area by Fall 2021. Preferred start date is by early September, and we expect the Director to commit to at least two years with CityBridge. 


You will play a significant role on the Network Engagement team through:

  • Event Design and Management: 50%:  You will be responsible for designing, planning, and executing high-quality convenings—including both large and small group events, school tours, panel discussions, etc.—aimed at fostering conversations about challenges, solutions, and content relevant to DC public education and race and equity. Success as the Director will rely heavily on your ability to be both a bold, visionary thinker when it comes to the event content and experiences that achieve our goals and a hyper detail-oriented project manager who skillfully manages logistics, planning, and people, as well. 

  • Stakeholder Engagement: 35%:  You will be responsible for strategically expanding and diversifying CityBridge’s external network. You will cultivate new and existing relationships with DC leaders—with an emphasis on local civic and community leaders of color—for CityBridge and help build networks of support for our entrepreneurs and projects. You will leverage events, relationships, and other mechanisms to gather input from our stakeholders—about DC’s most pressing issues, needs, and solutions, as well as feedback on CityBridge’s projects, investments, and programming—in order to inform our work. You will serve as a connector between our external network and our portfolio, increasing awareness of the CityBridge incubator and building champions for the projects and entrepreneurs. Success requires the ability to build trusting relationships across lines of difference and to think and move like a perennial networker.

  • Entrepreneur Alumni Support: 15%:  You will be responsible for managing supports to CityBridge Incubator alumni. This includes creating and managing systems to track their ongoing needs and strategizing how to leverage our team and our network to provide tailored support to CityBridge entrepreneurs who have launched a DC school or venture. 


You will report to: Senior Director, Network Engagement

Network Engagement team: Director, Development; Director, Cultivation & Communications; Associate, Development & Communications

Hiring Organization

CityBridge Education



  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to equity, which shapes your approach to relationships and events
  • Are enthusiastic about—and demonstrate creativity and excellence in—event design, planning, management, and execution   
  • Have a track record of successful project management and the ability to both generate big ideas for execution or execute a previously defined goal or vision; highly detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
  • Have experience cultivating and managing strong, authentic relationships with external stakeholders; community engagement experience is not required, but considered a plus
  • Are a self-starter, able to take initiative with little guidance, regularly assess progress and adjust course as necessary; are comfortable with ambiguity and change
  • Understand DC’s educational and political landscape
  • Have 7+ years of aligned experience
  • Experience using Salesforce is considered a plus but not required

Industry/Service Area

Education, Social Justice, Youth Development





The salary range for this position is $100,000-$130,000, commensurate with experience, and we offer a comprehensive benefits package including health (medical, dental, vision) insurance and 401(k) matching. Our total rewards package strives to meet our team’s intersectional needs around wellness, work-life balance, and flexibility, as well: We offer unlimited vacation days, 17+ annual paid holidays plus additional office-wide Mental Health Days, (post-COVID) flexibility to work remotely several days a week, commuter benefits, an annual professional development allocation, free access to the Watergate’s brand-new fitness facility, discounted gym memberships, and more.

Application Instructions


If you want to (1) design and execute convenings that catalyze conversations and elevate issues in education, race, and equity, (2) grow in your ability to authentically engage cross-sector stakeholders, and (3) gain a greater understanding of the DC educational ecosystem, then we hope you will apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and a brief one-way video interview here. The application deadline is Friday, June 25.

The process will include an initial phone interview, performance task, hiring manager and Network Engagement team interview, additional small group or one-on-one conversations with colleagues across CityBridge, and a reference check.

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